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U.S. Army Corps talks about the potential for flooding this spring


Homes, businesses and farm fields were devastated when the Missouri River rose out of its banks in 2011.

Now, three years later, new numbers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show there's a possibility for another flood on the Missouri River.

The Corps is concerned enough they're running computer simulations, trying to prepare for what may happen on the river.

While we haven't gotten a lot of snow here, areas that feed the river have seen big numbers and its increasing.

"It's up to 122% of normal so were on the high side. We're thinking closer to, and we hate to say it, were thinking closer to the 2011 snow level in the mountains," Eric Stasch, Army Corps of Engineers.

The snow levels may be pacing similar to that of 2011 right now, but the reservoir levels are much lower because of the drought in 2012.

"The risk of high reservoir releases cause flooding as they did in 2011 is very, very slight this year.  I mean, the conditions are simply not the same as they were in 2011," said Jody Farhat, Chief Army Corps of Engineer.

Farhat said that there is always a risk for localized flooding but flooding like 2011 is not being projected at this time.

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